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Movie Details

Title:   Penitentiary III
Director:   Jamaa Fanaka
Year:   1987
Genre:   Prison
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   07.02.08

Other Movies Seen By This Director (4)
- Emma Mae
- Penitentiary
- Penitentiary II
- Welcome Home, Brother Charles

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
07.02.08Alamo Ritz The return of Jamaa Fanaka! This time at the Alamo Ritz! I'm really glad to get a chance to see the elusive and infamous Penitentiary 3. I've heard stories about how crazy this one is and have wanted to see it ever since Fanaka came to town that first time for such a memorable experience.

This time it's fully into the 80s turbo-charged excess zone where logic bends like light in a black hole. Questions such as why the prison hole has medeival candles instead of electricity, how The Midnight Thug gets his porn and crack, and why that white kid with the saxophone isn't someone's punk aren't work asking as you'll never ever get an answer. Instead, you're treated to a bizarro-world version of Pen 1 and 2, this time with oranges instead of Goodbar and fried chicken. It was certainly entertaining although I couldn't help but be a little disappointed from the overhype on how extremely bizarre it was. Take away the midget pervert thug and agoraphobic albino gangster(!!!) and you pretty much have the same story as before with a Michael Jackson haircut.

But still, I'm really glad I got a chance to see it and Fanaka... He reminds me a lot of David Strong. I could've used a bit longer Q&A but we were running late and he had merch for sale so the lively story session from his previous visit never quite took off. I guess you have to take the master class to get that.
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